You started to learn the alphabet approximately the time you learned to walk, but how about the ABC’s of Vitamins?
Granted we all have different genetics that play a factor in our health, but there are basic nutritional needs that all people commonly have.
It is extremely importance to be in-tuned to your body’s specific needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We all know that we need at least the recommended amounts of vitamins from the food we eat, like 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, right?. But most of us tend to be in a hurry all the time, so we grab a bite wherever and whenever we can. Unfortunately the majority of convenient foods have little to no nutritional benefits.
Seriously, does anyone faithfully eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day? I know I can barely squeeze in 2 to 3 decent meals a day.
The other problem we have is that when do cook we tend to over-cook the food to where the vitamins and minerals get lost before we even put the fork to our mouth.
Notice they are food “supplements”, not food “replacements”. I can’t emphasize enough that you should always get vitamins and minerals in the purest form from the food you eat first! Then IF you may lack anything in your diet you can add supplements.
Specifically for “Beauty” it is important to get your “A, C & E” vitamins daily.
An important thing to know is that vitamins taken internally (from food or supplements) go to the internal organs in need first, and rightly so. That means if your body doesn’t have enough nutrients for the whole body’s needs then your skin, hair, and nails will be the ones to suffer most. So what can you do to get the necessary nutrients to those areas?
Well have you ever noticed that most conditioners for your hair have added vitamins, and botanicals? That is because your hair can absorb the nutrients it needs from the surface. It is the same with your skin, that is why it is so important to use vitamin enriched cleansers and moisturizers. The nutrients applied to the skin will directly benefit those specific cells that need it.
Vitamin A (retinol, carotene)
Some of the benefits include: aids in proper function of immune system, helps treat ance, wrinkles, helps remove age spots.
Beautywise: This powerful antioxidant is essential for growth and renewal of skin cells. When applied to the skin it boosts the production of collagen. Best sources are: Fish Liver Oil, carrots, eggs, and dairy.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Some of the benefits include: promotes clarity, heals wounds, burns, helps prevent common colds.
Beautywise: This vitamin builds collagen, that makes skin look healthy and youthful. Best sources: Citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, potatoes, and peppers.
Vitamin A and C together are the most important to keep your skin healthy and subtle.
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
Some of the benefits include: protects lungs from the environment,prevents blood clots, heals burns, and can help lower blood pressure
Beautywise: This antioxidant builds and maintains healthy skin tissue. Best sources: Wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains, soybeans, cereals, and eggs.
Did you know there is a Vitamin F?
It is Fatty Acid!
Yes there is “good fat” that your body needs, it is necessary for supple skin and soft shiny hair, and helps prevent cholestrol deposits in the arteries.
Best sources: unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils like olive oil and avocados. Also omega-3 fats found in seeds (like flax seed) and nuts like peanuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds. Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and water are also necessary nutrients for energy, organ function, food utilization and cell growth.